i have been doing this project recently where I had relative difficult start with a team , but at one point it worked and the team started to accept me as a leader. Not a leader like "team lead" , but just as a leader. I also designed the application we are doing. I am very much pro learning person and like very much when the people around me succeed and fulfill their goals as well. So very often I pick technology also because it is fun or because I think other people in the team will find it fun. This attitude created a pretty good relation between me and most of the other developers.
The managment told me recently that they would give the rest of the team a new task and they want me to not get involved into it in order to see how the team is functioning without me. The size of the task aproximatly is 25% of the project size at the moment so it is not like I am put on the sideline completly. It is about a new module in which they dont want me to participate. I think that is a prettey serious bullshit and it is more of a control thing since most of the developers look to me. The functional people around the team have a prefered person in the team, that prefered person is not me.
I already said to the managment that no-one likes "parachute droppers", so they already know my disagreement. I also said that I am not going to make way for this person but I am not also going to stop him if he wants to lead.
How should I react to that ? Should I just ignore the situation and continue working as usual ?
UPDATE: More details on team structure: The extended team consists of developers 6-7. And functional experts 3-4. Although we are supposed to be one team. The functional part of the team functions more or less as separate entity with handover. The developers are more or less agile, the functional experts are on the other end. We don't have like an official team lead in terms of development, but we have a responsible lead that is a non developer . More of an HR thing, he is also functional expert.